A newly released Gallup study of U.S. Hispanics reveals that more than one in seven — or an estimated 4 million adults — would leave the U.S. permanently if they had the opportunity. A slim majority (52%) say they would like to move to a Latin American country, including nearly a third (32%) who would like to relocate to Mexico. A sizable minority — or nearly 2 million adults — would like to move to places such as Canada (8%), Spain (8%), the United Kingdom (5%), and other non-Latin American countries.
The immigrants surveyed who want to leave for the most part did not integrate into American society,
Gallup’s data show they are less integrated than those who don’t want to migrate — they’re more likely to feel good only among other Hispanics, feel more discriminated against, and are less likely to speak English well.
There are two things the survey doesn’t state:
1. the immigration status of the people surveyed
and 2. what were their expectations when they first arrived in the USA.
Coming into the USA entails work and expense. If you come through the border with Mexico, you have to pay thousands of dollars to a coyote (who at this time is working for a drug cartel and doesn’t take MasterCard). Staying in the USA and prospering also entails work and expense. You have living expenses that are much higher than your living expenses in the country you came from, and, contrary to some views, getting on welfare is not as easy as it appears (unless you’re aunt Zeituni). If you arrived in the USA with no resources thinking that you’d have it easy, you will be disappointed. There probably are many who also miss the families/friends/communities they left behind enough to need to return.
The problem is, what to do once you are here and want to leave, but have no money to do so?
As it turns out, there is an organization paying illegal aliens to return to their countries of origin. The Corner links to The Coalition to Protect American Workers. I don’t know anything other than was posted on the Coaltion website, but that may be a way for immigrants who want to leave to achieve their goal without having to rely on taxpayer moneys.